For most expectant mums, a planned pregnancy is an exciting, happy time. However, for some women, an ectopic pregnancy can occur, which could turn pregnancy into an upsetting and scary experience.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an egg is fertilised and begins to develop outside the womb – usually in the fallopian tubes. There are several risk factors which could leave women more prone to ectopic pregnancy, including:
- Using the coil or mini-pill when you become pregnant
- Previous fallopian tube surgery
- IVF treatments
Around 1 in 200 pregnancies are ectopic, and normally women experiencing an ectopic pregnancy will have abdominal pain on one side as well as irregular bleeding. In order to make a diagnosis, hospitals should carry out a pregnancy test, an internal ultrasound and a pelvic exam, after which they should be able to make a diagnosis.
If the pregnancy is ectopic, the only choice is termination, as if there is a rupture, this could be life-threatening. Medical or surgical termination of the pregnancy (depending on its stage) are the two options. If incorrect or inappropriate treatment is given, a clinical negligence claim could be made. For example, if a woman suspects an ectopic pregnancy but is misdiagnosed, the only option may be surgery to remove all or part of her fallopian tubes, which could affect her future fertility.
How likely is it my medical negligence claim will be successful?
There are no guarantees that your claim for medical negligence will be successful, however, choosing a reputable personal injury lawyer to represent you increases your chances. They will liaise with specialist medical experts, who will determine if medical negligence occurred. If they conclude that your treatment was negligent or that misdiagnosis of your ectopic pregnancy occurred, they will gather evidence in support of your claim. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the pain and suffering caused as well as factors such as the amount of time you have needed to take off work and any loss of earnings.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more
Choose Accident Advice Helpline if you are looking for confidential, no-obligation advice on your misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. We know that the aftermath of an ectopic pregnancy can be a stressful, emotionally upsetting time, particularly if your fertility has been affected. But we’ve helped hundreds of women claim compensation for clinical negligence and we’re here to help you too. Call our freephone helpline today to speak to a professional personal injury lawyer in confidence – we’re open 24/7.